I was thinking about gifts while was preparing a salad for a funeral at church. I answered a request for help from Evelyn, a leader from church, via Facebook. The funeral for a well-known and well-liked gentleman is expected to be a large one and Evelyn asked for help on Facebook. I figured I could make bars or a salad.
After some thought, I remembered that this broccoli salad is always a favorite with my family on holidays. Some people would know what they would want to make and they would be confident that they would have the ingredients and everyone would love it. It’s their gift.
When you use your gift or your talent, you will be happier overall.
A 30-something college-educated client recently who had worked in restaurants and now hospitality for most of his career came in to recreate his resume. He is good at management, working with customers, fulfilling their needs, and finding new revenue streams for his current position.
His passion though is in urban planning, economics, spreadsheets, and charts. His face totally lit up when I asked him if he liked making charts and spreadsheets. “Sure,” he said, “I have a comprehensive spreadsheet set up for my golf league team to chart our progress. I would do more of that at work but they see it as an extra.”
Where would he love to work?
His dream job would be in an urban planning segment, studying statistics and correlations. It is not only his gift, it is his passion. Some people get stuck in fields that they hate, industries that they hate, or positions that they hate and they stay there for a life time. A little extra thinking about what is their gift might bring them a lifetime of happiness.
As for my client, he’s only changing positions if he finds a way to use his gifts in the right place. If that right position doesn’t become available, he will continue to do an exceptional job in his current role.
What about you?
If you are working, are you in the right role? If you are not working, have you analyzed how you could use your gifts better in another area and are you targeting those positions?